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Art is my pulse

pulse |pəls|
noun
(1)a: the rhythmical throbbing of arteries produced by the regular contractions of the heart, especially as palpated at the wrist or in the neck; b: the palpable beat resulting from such pulse as detected in a superficial artery; also-the number of individual beats in a specified time period (as one minute); c: a single pulsation of the heart or arteries; (2): a regular, recurrent rhythmic series of beats, waves, vibrations or sound; a single beat or throb; (3): underlying sentiment or opinion or an indication of it; vitality; (4) a: a transient sharp change in voltage, current, or some other quantity normally constant in a system; b: a brief disturbance of pressure in a medium; especially – a sound wave or short train of sound waves; (5): he perceptible emotions or sentiments of a group of people; (6): a dose of a substance especially when applied over a short period of time
verb
(1): to beat, throb, or vibrate; (2): to move with strong, regular beats; (3): to produce a strong, regular beat; (4): to be filled with activity or a feeling; (5): {Physics} To undergo a series of intermittent occurrences characterized by brief, sudden changes in a quantity.
origin:
[Middle English pils, from Old French, from Latin pulsus, from past participle of pellere, to beat, to drive, to push; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots. First know use: 14th/15th century].

 

Heart beat… walking pace… We are by nature’s design embedded with pulsation. With beating pulse. With rhythm. And we are by nature inclined to listen to this pulsating rhythms of our physical (well)being. We are not only influenced by them individually, but our natural rhythms intertwine and effect each other. If one is to follow a certain pulse of a walking pace, but desires to hurry – one will run. But if the beating of the heart tells us to slow down, the body reacts and works to synchronize these rhythms, pulsations to reach harmony of movement. And we learn to listen to these pulsations, to feel what is the best for our physical well-being.

Equally, our mind and soul desire this harmony, the well-being – within, but with outer world as well.
Art is the rhythmical throbbing for neurons that produces the regular stimulations of the mind, soul and heart and becomes recurrent rhythmic series of beats, waves, vibrations… Art fills us with necessary pulses and beating. The pulsation that moves both the felt and the intellect, mind and soul, to go forward. To thrive and live. To seek, experience, to experiment, examine, apprehend… to feel and to learn. To live, rather then simply survive life.

*concept/text: ds
*photo/edit: ds

To meet Adam, look here.

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Art is my balance

balance |ˈbāləns|
noun
(1):an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady; (2):a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc, parity characterized by cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces; (3):equilibrium of the body, steadiness; (4): {Psychology} a stable mental or psychological state; emotional stability; calmness of mind; (5): {Art Terms} harmony in the parts of a whole; (6): the power or means to decide; (7): a harmonious or satisfying arrangement or proportion of parts or elements, as in a design; (8): the difference in magnitude between opposing forces or influences; (9): {Accounting} Equality of totals in the debit and credit sides of an account; (10): the act of weighing factors, quantities, etc, against each other; (11): the power to influence or control; (12):the Balance the astrological constellation Libra
verb
(1): to determine the weight of (something) in or as if in a weighing device; (2): to compare by or as if by turning over in the mind; (3): to bring into or maintain in a state of equilibrium, in equal or satisfying proportion or harmony; (4): to act as an equalizing weight or force to; counterbalance; (5): {mathematics} to bring (an equation) into balance; (6): {chemistry} to bring (an equation) into balance; (7): to move toward and then away from (a dance partner).
origin:
[First known use: 1250-1300; Middle English balaunce, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *bilancia, having two scale pans, from Latin bilānx : bi-, two; see dwo- in Indo-European roots + lānx, scale.].

In this moment, a moment of what more and more seems as “instant” living, it is very easy to get lost in going for the “next thing”. It seems even beyond it being a chase for a next thing, but rather unconscious drift of mind, constantly distracted by imposed pace of life. Illusion for necessity of fast living. Disableing profoundly experencing, in-depth commiting and exploring the courent, the “now thing”. The “ypurself”. This persuite easily trows the mind and the body out of balance.
Even by just pausing to see, hear, experience any form of artistic expression allows one to at least slow down this pace. And eventually maybe even stop time for the moment. And think. Feel. Recharge. Express. Get to know and understand oneslef.
Doing art, and music especialy, practices patience and persverance. As getting it to be “just right”, to extent of “right” foryourself, will make one pause, think, rethink, try, re-try, do, experience, experiment… with what you feel, how you feel, how you articulate what you feel… Int he way that allows reaching own level of perfection and with it putting in balance your mind, body and sould. Guiding your thoughts and actions through good and bad, difficulties, failures… which become only challenges to be overcome.
And with one by one, growing to a wholesome being.

*concept/text: ds
*photo/edit: ds

To meet Ivana, look here.

Art is my superpower

superpower |ˈsoōpərˌpouər|
noun
(1):superior power; power greater in scope or magnitude than that which is considered natural or has previously existed; (2):an extremely powerful nation, especially one capable of influencing international events and the acts; (3):mechanical or electrical power, on an extremely large scale secured by the linking together of a number of separate power systems, with a view to more efficient and economical generation and distribution.
origin:
[First known use: 1920-25].

As children we dream of having superpowers. Being superheroes. The idea to be able to make a change, make a difference has never been a stranger to our child-self, but as well to our grown-self. To be a superhero first for your own good, but also for the greater good. For little things, for big things, for yourself, for a stranger, for society… For being better. For better being.
Beside their superpowers, superheroes we meet through stories all have, or had, those moment of solitude, reflection, leading to their becoming a superhero. Before engaging and using their powers to their best and fullest. Art and creative thinking allows a person to apprehend information from various sources, to take and through process of creation reflect and reinvent the content, in solitude of inner thinking (or actual isolation) to the moment of engaging and releasing the creation, sharing it with others. The artist him(her)self emerges victorious, for the knowledge and feelings he(she) enriches him(her)self and there for enlarges their potential and the potential of contribution to the greater picture – society, the world. Furthermore, it is not only as individual that one can function, but also collaborating with other artist, creative thinkers, making for a collective and even stronger impact.
It is this richness of the “felt” and of the knowledge on ethics and aesthetics that makes for a true superpower. That makes art be the superpower, the “very powerful and influential nation” needed for a greater good, for a better world.

*concept/text: Gergely Kóta, Dejana Sekulic
*photo/edit: DS

To meet Gergely, look here.

Art is my belief

belief |biˈlēf|
noun
(1):trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something; a principle, proposition, idea, etc, accepted as true; (2):an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists: something one accepts as true or real; a firmly held opinion or conviction; a religious tenet or tenets; religious creed; (3):an opinion or conviction; something believed.
origin:
[First known use: 1125–75;  earlier bile(e)ve  (noun use of v.); replacing Middle English beleave,  equivalent to bi- be- + leave; Old English gelēafa, from ge-, associative prefix + lēafa; akin to Old English ly’fan  (cognate with Dutch geloof, German Glaube;  akin to Gothic galaubeins )].

The creation starts of as a pure feeling, feeling of something good, something of value. The belief without a proof. But as the idea evolves, whether as a part of the creating art or absorbing art, the imaginary, non-existent, and the tangible intertwine. Until the point when “the product” becomes, both as the work of art for its beauty* and as the knowledge acquired through it, the proof on its own.
It is the belief in the idea, the process, the growth, the outcome, in non-existent becoming existent, through apprehending, dealing with, creating art that we mature – as a person, and ultimately as society.
It is believing in expression and creative thinking what makes for abstract to become tangible. To become life. To improve life.

*beauty as something/anything that can move, provoke to think, make it impossible to be/stay indifferent – either positively or negatively.

*concept/text: ds
*photo/edit: ds

To meet Gergely, look here.

Art is my game

game |gām|
noun
(1):an activity providing entertainment or amusement; (2):a single instance of competitive an activity;(3):a calculated strategy or approach; a scheme; (4): [mathematics] a model of a competitive situation that identifies interested parties and stipulates rules governing all aspects of the competition, used in game theory to determine the optimal course of action for an interested party.
adj
(1):eager or willing to do something new or challenging.
verb 
(1):play at games of chance for gain; (2):manipulate (a situation), typically in a way that is unfair or unscrupulous;
origin:
[Old English gamen; related to Old Norse gaman, Old High German gaman amusement].

Whether it is an amusement, tactic, maneuver our first association is undoubtably childhood. The resilient energy and drive that takes us on endless journeys. Journeys that teach us and make our mind spark with ideas and how-tos for improving our performance and output. Competing, but with idea of overcoming ourselves and our previous achievements. Art brings all of these aspects of expressing, learning and having fun. It keeps us fresh and open. It keeps the mind in search. It keeps the child within alive and the “shadow” free, while still attached. It makes for best of both coexist and flourish in harmony.

*concept/text: ds
*photo/edit: ds

To meet Daniel, look here.

wilderness |ˈwildərnis|
noun [usu. in sing. ]
(1): a tract or region uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings; (2): an area essentially undisturbed by human activity together with its naturally developed life community
origin:
Old English wildēornes [land inhabited only by wild animals,]
from wild dēor [wild deer] + ness .

Every once in a while we all get in that difficult, even painful and scary moment in life when we are to encounter with something new and frightening. Like thrown in to the wild. Completely unconstrained, uninhabited, unrestrained… yet drawing us there with the adventure of taming and inheriting feelings and experiences and infiltrating this new knowledge into our future selves. Any piece of art gives us an opportunity to do exactly that. Every piece of art becomes our own personal safari. Filled with excitement, unknown, possibilities, fright, beauty…. And upon our own “conquering” and process of acceptance is finished, these unheeded knowledge and experiences become a part of reform. Towards evolution.

*concept/text: ds
*photo/edit: ds

To meet Viola, visit her profile in Meet the Artists section.

“Art is my…” project is starting its life journey. You can read more about the idea behind in the About section. In the period of time this project will go through its three phases. Here and now, we start with the first phase. For more information or any comments please feel free to also write to artismy [at] dejanasekulic.com